It's wedding season and many Anaheim brides are counting the days to "I do!." There will be more pictures taken of you on your wedding day than probably the rest of your life, so you want to look good in those keepsake images.
I asked Sarah Logan of Aesthetic Science Institute (beauty school, NY) to share her ideas on how to have a flawless face in wedding photos. Sarah offered the following ten tips:
"1) Exfoliate and moisturize- Don’t forget that the most important step is good skincare for a clean, smooth base. Soft, supple skin will be the best canvas for any makeup to look great on.
2) Don’t go changing- Brides shouldn’t try new skincare products, or anything that may irritate skin during the wedding countdown. Don’t be tempted to get cosmetic or skin treatments too close to the date, especially if you haven’t experienced the procedure before.
3) Good skin reflects good health- Drinking lots of water helps skin stay hydrated and radiant. Also, eat healthfully and take your vitamins!
4) Build from a solid foundation- Be sure that your foundation is the right color and formulation for your skin. Color correcting concealers, like green/yellow for redness, and peach/yellow for under-eye circles are a much better choice than simply layering on more makeup. Remember that redness will be easily picked up in photographs so take care to balance that out, and stay away from more pink based foundations.
5) Define eyes and brows- While it's important to line and define eyes so they pop in photos, keep in mind that dark shadow will make eyes recede and look smaller. For big bright eyes, highlight the inner corners and brow bone with an off-white, light pink or pale gold shadow or crayon. Make sure brows are properly framing the face- everyone looks better and younger with defined brows. Fill the arches with powder or if using a pencil, blend with a brush. Brow color and size are important considerations here, so don’t forget to use a light hand and blend.
6) Skip the glitter- Radiance-enhancing or shimmery foundations make faces look too slick and shiny for photos, so if you must, keep the sheen only on cheekbones and the cupid’s bow for highlighting purposes. Always finish the t-zone with powder, and blot any oiliness as needed.
7) Consider your lighting- Do take the time to think about where the wedding and photos will be taking place, ie: indoors or out, and at what time of day. Indoor photos will be taken with flash, so it’s important to use powder to combat shine and to also be sure foundation is matched well. If outdoors, soften makeup a bit as it can easily look too heavy or harsh in sunlight.
8) Fit into your venue- Adjust your makeup look according to the formality and location of the event. When considering these factors, you will want to use more color and definition over simply adding more makeup. A beach bride and a black-tie ballroom bride should (hopefully) have very different wedding makeup looks.
9) Personalize the makeup plan- The older you are, the more important it is to avoid shimmery eye makeup, as it tends to bring attention to fine lines. Black eyeliner can also look too harsh for older women (same goes for liquid liner). Many fair blonds may be more suited for eyeliner and mascara in the brown tones so as to not look overdone. These kinds of ideas apply well to bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride. There shouldn’t be an idea that there is a uniform look for brides and their party, as we all have different coloring, etc.
10) Don’t over do it- Keeping these tips in mind, remember its always most important to look like yourself and feel comfortable on your wedding day. You don’t want to look back and not even recognize yourself! Even, glowing skin and well lined eyes are the most important basics for women that usually wear little to no makeup."
Thanks Sarah for sharing your expertise with us... which leads to my advise: Consult a professional makeup artist. You may not want the expense of hiring a makeup artist for your wedding day but you may want to take a makeup lesson a few months before your wedding to get you feeling comfortable with any new products or new skills learned. And if you are considering hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day, be absolutely certain you do a trial run with the artist before you hire them for your wedding. Do take photos after they have applied your trial makeup. You will want to see what their artistry looks like on you, in person and in photos, before you hire them for the big day. Also, make certain their personality and professionalism has an energy that will add to the joy of your wedding. If they stress you out during a trial run, they will stress you out on your wedding day!
And my best beauty tip: have a smile on your face and love in your heart - there is nothing more beautiful than a joy-filled bride!
Top photo by Emin Kuliyev
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